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Fulham
vs.
Wigan Athletic

Craven Cottage

21/04/12

3pm

The Latics return to London for the second time in five days as they face Fulham looking to continue the great run that has seen Martinez's men climb out of the bottom three and put a five point cushion between themselves and 18th spot

A point today would be a great result, lately we haven't done very well at Craven Cottage, but the current run doesn't seem to be taking history into account with the Latics breaking new ground in their wins at Anfield, the Emirates and against Manchester United

Fulham are in a spot of good form themselves, they are playing their football without pressure and are quite comfortable in mid-table

Whatever the outcome today we've had a gigantic shot in the arm of late and, without a major collapse, we should be able to secure enough points for another survival, let's hope we can get something today to keep the run going

What The Bosses Say:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'We haven't achieved anything yet, what we have found is a run of results that gives everyone belief and confidence in the way we're playing.

We still have two away games to play, one this weekend against Fulham who have such a talented group of players that use Craven Cottage to their advantage.

'The players know their pitch inside out and are very clever at moving in between lines with the talented players who are very dangerous in one-on-one situations.

'The full-backs give plenty of width to the play and then they have individuals in good moments of form; Clint Dempsey is in the goal-scoring form of his career and then from the set-piece situations Brede Hangeland is a real threat.'



Fulham boss Martin Jol

'The last four out of five results will have given them (Latics) a lot of confidence'

'If you are capable of beating Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool then that will give you confidence.

'I think they are doing well at the right time of the season. I feel that they could get out of trouble now but that they need maybe three or four points so they're still fighting for their lives.

'We have to try and be patient because Wigan are doing well defensively. They're playing compact like they did against Arsenal where there was no space on the flank and there was no space in the middle. They're a hard team to beat nowadays.'

Fulham Team News:

Fulham have Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak available again, but Bryan Ruiz, Stephen Kelly, Zdenek Grygera, Steve Sidwell and Neil Etheridge are all out

Fulham from - M Schwarzer, B Hangeland, A Hughes, J Riise, S Kelly, K Frei, A Kacaniklic, D Duff, D Murphy, D Etuhu, C Dempsey, M Diarra, O Sa, M Dembele, A Johnson, P Pogrebnyak, D Stockdale, M Briggs, P Kasami, P Senderos.

Player to watch: Pavel Pogrebnyak

An eye for goal and a great success, five goals in six games, since arriving from Stuttgart in January

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Albert Crusat and Hugo Rodallega are definitely out whilst Shaun Maloney is touch and go

Latics from - A Al-Habsi , G Caldwell , E Boyce, M Figueroa, A Alcaraz, J Beausejour, V Moses, J Gomez, M Diame, S Maloney, J McArthur , J McCarthy, F Di Santo, C Sammon, C McManaman, B Watson, D Jones, M Pollitt, R Stam.

Player to watch: Franco Di Santo

A top class performance from Di Santo on Monday and a goal to boot set the Latics up for victory at the Emirates, more of the same today please

Franco in top form

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

Any Previous?

Latics and Fulham have met 39 times

Latics have 10 wins, Fulham 16, draws 13.

Last Six Meetings

29/10/11 - Premier League Latics 0 Fulham 2
15/01/2011 - Premier League - Latics 1 Fulham 1
30/10/2010 - Premier League - Fulham 2 Latics 0
04/04/2010 - Premier League - Fulham 2 Latics 1
08/11/2009 - Premier League - Latics 1 Fulham 1
07/02/2009 - Premier League - Latics 0 Fulham 0

Ref Watch:

Lee Probert (Gloucestershire)

Why not take a look at our 'Meet The Ref' article

Lee Probert Card Watch 2011/12

Games - 33, yellows - 103, reds - 8

Match Prediction:

Head says 1-1

Heart says, keep the run going 2-1 Latics win, let's go with the heart

Up Next:

Premier League
Latics v Newcastle United
DW Stadium
Saturday
28/04/12
3pm

Blackburn Rovers v Latics
Ewood Park
Monday
7/05/12
8pm



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Writer:Barry Worthington
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Comments

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I'll go for a 2-1 Latics win but would happily take the draw
worbo
21/04/2012 09:29:00
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Am I going too far if I say that I sense a total and complete transformation of Wigan's attitude and confidence? We should destroy them if so.
thebicyclethief
21/04/2012 09:49:00
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truth is much to far
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23/04/2012 14:20:00
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